- to make vulgar or coarse; lower; debase: to vulgarize standards of behavior.
- to make (a technical or abstruse work) easier to understand and more widely known; popularize.
- to translate (a work) from a classical language into the vernacular.
Also especially British, vul·gar·ise.
Origin of vulgarize
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Examples from the Web for vulgarize
But tourists do vulgarize it; and I suppose we did so, just like others.Passages From the English Notebooks, Volume 1
Thank Heaven here is a man who knows how not to vulgarize flowers.The Bachelors
William Dana Orcutt
They saturate them with poisons and vulgarize them with unseemly practices.The Reconstructed School
Francis B. Pearson
To “paint” the subject merely to make it more real, is only to insult the imaginative power and to vulgarize the whole.The Stones of Venice, Volume III (of 3)
I would not vulgarize my unknown source of beautiful illusions by giving it the name it takes in technical catalogues.The Parisians, Complete
- to make commonplace or vulgar; debase
- to make (something little known or difficult to understand) widely known or popular among the public; popularize
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